Costume coordination

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Costume storage at Radio City Music Hall, New York

Costume coordination is a method of dressing actors, employees or a person or group for theatrical productions and any venue requiring a fully realized character. It consists of pulling or renting existing stock clothing and costumes, altering them as needed to be used as stage clothes in a theatrical production, oversee their use, cleaning and eventual return to storage or rental company.[1] Just as with costume design, the costume creates the over all appearance of the characters, but with the use of on hand items, including accessories. Sometimes coordinators may have a small budget to augment the existing stock or alter it for production needs.[2]

Many theatres with smaller budgets regularly reuse existing stock, especially older companies with large costume warehouses. It is also a staple of community theatre positions because it entails less time and effort and is the usual manner for schools to costume student performers from stored costumes donated or previously purchased.[3]

Coordination of costumes is also required at theme parks and festivals which require performers and dancers to have a consistent appearance, or maintained as originally designed.


  1. ^ Kenrick, John (September 5, 2006). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals. Alpha. p. 109. ISBN 978-1592575060. 
  2. ^ Koerpel, Terra (October 20, 2004). ShowSmarts: A Volunteer's Guide to Putting on Shows with Kids. iUniverse, Inc. p. 35. ISBN 978-0595318834. 
  3. ^ McEwen, Rolf (July 19, 2004). For Love of Drama: How to Create School Plays that Show a Profit and Erupt with Life and Love. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 978-1412031653.